What's Up With Craig?
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OF THE WRITING LIFE
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It's 2024. (No, really, it is.) But let's think back to 2021...
In June of that year, And It Will Be a Beautiful Life came out. We—most of us—had endured a long year-plus of isolation and staying away from each other. But we were opening up, and I was eager to get out on the road again with a new book, something I hadn't really done since The Fallow Season of Hugo Hunter, nearly seven long years earlier.
Then came new waves of COVID-19, and most of the in-person dates I'd lined up fell by the wayside. And It Will Be a Beautiful Life hung in there, eventually winning a High Plains Book Award, but I never had the experience I hoped for with that book. It's not about me, of course. Discretion was served. I wouldn't change a single decision to scuttle an event.
But here I am, nearly three years later, still eager to get out there ... and, what luck, I have a book to serve as my travel companion. Dreaming Northward and I are hitting the road. Here in the heart of winter, I'm dreaming of spring.
The image above shows the current dates and towns on the calendar: Billings, of course, and Miles City and Great Falls and Livingston and Bozeman and Casper and Townsend and, just for kicks, a trip home to North Texas, where I hope to see family and longtime friends. I'll be having conversations with great writers and great friends (Sarah Rau Peterson! Kristen Inbody! Malcolm Brooks!). A lot of these events are going to be out-and-back affairs, meaning a lot of me time in the trusty Toyota. I can think of worse ways to while away the hours. The Bozeman-and-Casper back-to-back (April 26-27) is going to be fun. I'm thrilled that Casper—my first home and a central character in the book, but a place where I've never had a literary event—is on the itinerary.
I expect there will be more. (The most up-to-date information is always here on my website.) At least a couple of engagements are in the close-but-not-yet-announced stage. A few others need to be hashed out. The point is, the road can go on as long as is practical. Want me to visit? Let me know. On a few of these dates, I'm about certain that Fretless will be accompanying me, so if the book I was born to write isn't enough inducement, maybe the world's most ironically named dachshund is. I'll be pleased to see you, no matter your motivation for showing up.
Craig Lancaster is an author, an editor, a publication designer, a layabout, a largely frustrated Dallas Mavericks fan, an eater of breakfast, a dreamer of dreams, a husband, a brother, a son, an uncle. And most of all, a man who values a T-shirt.
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